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Gary Hartley is Energy Saving Trust's expert blogger. He has extensive experience researching and writing on a number of topics, with particular expertise in sustainable energy, policy, literature and sport. As well as providing regular blog content, Gary has also been published in numerous...

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Financial support for home energy efficiency

We take a look at the financial help available to help improve energy efficiency in the home. Energy bills are a concern for many people. Our consumer research regularly highlights that large numbers of UK residents are worried about their energy costs, and would like to do something about it...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 25/09/2018 - 13:43

25/09/2018

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How to save energy when using your washing machine

• A number of factors affect energy consumption beyond frequency of use • Despite efficiency ratings, wash temperature and load size need to be considered • Better care could result in a longer lifespan for your washer Forty percent of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions come from households. It...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 24/08/2018 - 11:30

24/08/2018

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Air pollution: find out about air quality in your area

Air pollution has become one of the major issues of the day – and it’s no wonder. The impact of poor air quality cuts across health and environmental concerns, with a respected report suggesting that air pollution in the UK results in around 40,000 premature deaths a year from associated...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 27/07/2018 - 14:59

27/07/2018

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National Clean Air Day 2018

• National Clean Air Day took place on 21 June • Do your part to reduce air pollution and improve air quality • Change on the roads needed • Low-emissions choices bring benefits National Clean Air Day took place last week on 21 June – and Energy Saving Trust is in full support of this important...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 26/06/2018 - 08:56

26/06/2018

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Turning a spring clean into an energy saving opportunity

• De-cluttering and dusting could prompt energy actions • Small changes can make a big difference to bills and comfort If you’ve decided to give your home a spring clean (and overcome the procrastination stage), then it might be time to consider making some changes to increase energy efficiency...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 03/05/2018 - 11:25

03/05/2018

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Think energy efficiency when renting a home

• Comfort and keeping bills under control are key for renters • Check energy features of potential properties • Using home's EPC can be start of landlord engagement Potential tenants don’t always apply the same level of scrutiny to their potential home as buyers. But when it comes to energy...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 26/03/2018 - 16:29

26/03/2018

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Buying an energy efficient home

• Energy efficiency should be high priority when buying a house • Whether scaling up or downsizing, costs and comfort matter • What features should you look out for? Our guide offers some pointers When buying a home, there’s a lot to think about – but that should be no excuse for ignoring energy...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 22/03/2018 - 18:07

22/03/2018

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Bigger push needed to improve energy efficiency in private rented sector

• Improvements should be made to landlord legislation • Help for tenants needs to be at heart • More investment can bring big gains for property owners, too Britain is increasingly a nation of renters – with a quarter of households set to be renting privately by 2021. But the private rented sector...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 20/03/2018 - 17:44

20/03/2018

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A new energy efficiency standard for social housing in England

• Quest to reach 2030 targets - and beyond - needs new thinking • Social housing providers invited to round table In partnership with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), we’re bringing together the social housing sector later this week for a round table on how their...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 14/03/2018 - 10:05

14/03/2018

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Towards a brighter future for street lighting

• Lighter nights are coming - but street lights shouldn't be forgotten • LEDs offer big cost savings, improved quality and safety • Free workshop aims to boost lighting projects Having survived the Beast from the East and Storm Emma, the clocks are set to go forward in a couple of weeks. Dare we...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 12/03/2018 - 10:08

12/03/2018

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